ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The UNC Asheville men’s basketball team will begin practice for the 2013-14 season tonight when the Bulldogs hold their first workout at 7:45 p.m. at Kimmel Arena.
It’s a new era for the Asheville program as Nick McDevitt conducts his first official practice as the Bulldogs head coach. McDevitt takes over for Eddie Biedenbach, who served as Asheville’s head coach for 17 years before moving to UNC Wilmington last spring as an assistant coach.
McDevitt is no stranger to the Asheville program. He played for the Bulldogs from 1997-2001 and began assisting Biedenbach as an assistant coach upon graduation. The Madison County native was promoted to Associate Head Coach two years ago before being elevated to the top spot last April.
“We’re really looking forward to starting practice,” admitted McDevitt. “It’s always exciting to start the season.
“However, we have a lot of work to do,” added McDevitt. “Nine players on our roster did not play for us last season. Our two top scorers from last year aren’t back, so there’s plenty to do.”
Asheville faces a tough early-season schedule. The Bulldogs play an exhibition game against Brevard College at Kimmel Arena on Monday, Nov. 3 before opening the season at Rupp Arena against Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 8.
McDevitt’s club will play eight games away from Asheville before the Bulldogs play their first official home game against Bluefield on Dec. 12. The Dogs play at Western Carolina (Nov. 11), College of Charleston (Nov. 15) and then Duke (Nov. 18) in the first round of Preseason NIT.
Asheville is scheduled to play either East Carolina or Norfolk State the next day (Nov. 19). The Bulldogs will then either play in the third and fourth round of the NIT at a site to be determined the following week or in the semifinals and finals at Madison Square Garden. Asheville finishes the eight-game stretch at Charlotte on Dec. 1.
“Our non-conference schedule is both challenging and exciting,” stated McDevitt. “We’re honored to be playing in a prestigious early-season tournament for the third straight year. This is a tournament that can only make us better and help prepare us not just for the rigors of the Big South Conference but the Big South Tournament, as well.”
The Bulldogs played in the Battle “4” Atlantis Tournament two years ago in the Bahamas and played in Puerto Rico Shootout last season.